Dance the night away on a private island and beneath the stars. Luxuriate in style as Indian Ocean waves lap gently onto the white sand beaches. Immerse yourself in the exoticism of Stone Town and drift into the sunset on a wooden dhow. This is Zanzibar, which is an island of indulgence where romance thrives, and there is the sense that life can be perfect. With this handcrafted escape, you get three days on a private island, two days in Stone Town, then three more days on the beach near Kendwa.
Mnemba Island – Bubbly Upon Arrival
You will land in Zanzibar Town where you will soon you be cruising westwards through secluded islets and sandbanks. Laying between Zanzibar and the mainland, this area has shelter from ocean winds and a vibrant kaleidoscope of colors. Mnemba is private, and as you arrive, it will be effortless to see the allure. Trees will carpet the interior while the coast will only be beautiful, white sand. There is only one resort on the island with only 24 guests. Shaded by the trees with an open view onto the ocean, your bungalow will be very much a reflection of Indian Ocean escapism.
It will be silent here so you can stop, breathe, and listen. There will not be any waves as the waters are more like a lagoon than what you would expect from an ocean. A cork will pop, and you will settle into the seclusion. You can call room service if you need anything from grilled lobster to fine wines. The island has hosted Mick Jagger and Bill Gates among others and is as idyllic as the photos suggest. This is a place to escape the world and to be alone as a couple.
Mnemba Island – Sunset Dhow Cruise
Mnemba Island – Snorkeling, Diving, and Kayaking
Stone Town – The Romance Continues
Stone Town – Aromatic Spices and Cocktails
Kendwa – Back to the White Sand
Kendwa – A Day on a Wooden Dhow
Kendwa – Private Zanzibar Beach
Zanzibar Town – Departure
- Escape to Zanzibar’s most romantic accommodation that has been handpicked for privacy and island beauty
- Settle into the exclusivity of Mnemba, which is an exotic island that has been reserved for just 24 guests
- Surround yourself with cultural beauty during two days in the World Heritage site of Stone Town
- Wander endlessly on white beaches and feel like royalty with a three-day, beach stay on Zanzibar’s remote coast
- Snorkel and dive in some of the world’s finest marine sites, where pelagic creatures swarm around the vivid reef
- Explore the famous spice plantations on a private tour
- Drift towards the sunset on a wooden dhow sailing boat
- Sip on sundowners on your private verandah and then at a glamorous Stone Town terrace
- Take off your shoes and forget about them for four or five days
As the last shades of an African sunset skirt along the ocean, you will sit back with cocktails in hand. Moonlight soon brings a glow to the sand, and you can dance in privacy, seemingly miles from anyone else. On another day, you can drift into the sunset, sailing on a private, wooden dhow like the merchants of old. Some days, you walk hand in hand and along white beaches that will always seem to be empty. On other days, you will swim and snorkel, or perhaps just lounge around the bungalow in the shade. As the days roll by, you will realize that you have forgotten about shoes.
There is more to Zanzibar than the beaches though. Between two contrasting beach escapes, this itinerary will also take you to Stone Town, which is an existing World Heritage Site that has evolved from Persian, Swahili, Omani, and other European influences. By visiting spice plantations, you will indulge in the smells, and on rooftop terraces, the cocktails will come with nibbles and a lively atmosphere. Stone Town makes a nice break between your time in the sun as well, removing any trepidation that six days on private beaches would bring any monotony. This is something you will not need to worry about with world-class snorkeling and diving, kayaking, sailing, beach walks, and those special evenings beneath the stars.
Handcrafted to include Zanzibar’s two most romantic resorts, this nine-day tour is a celebration that has been crafted just for two. Mnemba is elegant and exclusive, and you will be staying at a white-sand island that will only be a short boat ride west of the main island. You will check in with bubbly upon arrival where your accommodation will be a bungalow that is cut off from the rest of the world. You can remove your shoes because these first three days are all about you, with a flexible program that can include different water sports and cruising on a dhow. Like your trip’s final destination near Kendwa, the resort will provide easy access to world-class marine sites with all the equipment. You will even have two dives per day included in your stay.
Stone Town is the cultural interlude, which is a mystical old city of narrow laneways and exotic scents. Stroll through all the history, checking out its unique architectural and artistic style, which is complete with ornate fixtures that enhance the traditional, coral buildings. There will be indulgence here as well, such as rooftop terrace restaurants and cocktail bars. From here you will travel an hour north to Kendwa, where your resort will be located on the deserted, northwestern tip of the island. It will be close enough to Nungwe if you desire restaurants and bars, but it has its own private space that opens onto a beach and is hardly visible to outsiders.
Like in Mnemba, the days here will be flexible. A wooden dhow will take you onto the Indian Ocean, and a range of water activities will be available. Your luxurious pavilion will provide shade and privacy along with all the space that you will need for your romance to flourish. There will be no need to encounter other guests, and butler service will bring foods and drinks to your room. You will also have a private swimming pool that will be tucked behind the trees. Rather than being directly on the sand, the rooms here are nestled against a hillside and offer more seclusion.
$5,260 per person (excluding international flights)
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